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The Effects of Brief Mindfulness Meditation Training on Experimentally Induced Pain

This study investigated the effects of brief mindfulness meditation training on ratings of painful electrical stimulation. Findings indicate that a brief 3-day mindfulness meditation intervention was effective at reducing pain ratings and anxiety scores when compared with baseline testing and other cognitive manipulations such as relaxation and a math distraction task. The brief meditation training was also effective at increasing mindfulness skills. Results suggest that meditation's analgesic effects are related to reduced anxiety and the enhanced ability to focus on the present moment. J Pain. 2009 Oct 21.



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